National Creme de Menthe Day is a celebration dedicated to a refreshing mint-based liqueur. It is celebrated annually on September 15th. In America, this a liqueur is called Mint Cream, and actively used to prepare desserts and various cocktails.
Creme de Menthe liqueur is a sweet alcoholic drink with a very fresh taste, owing to its main component – mint. It originated in France at the end of the 19th century, when Émile Giffard studied this plant from a medical point of view. Ultimately, Mint Cream was created. It is worth noting that liqueurs have long been used as medicines. Most often, they were used to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and colds.
Peppermint cream is prepared by alcoholic infusion of mint. Next, it is filtered and sugar added. The liqueur is colorless – this is the white variety of the drink. A coloring pigment is added, obtained from mint, gives it its green color.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Mint Cream was actively used to make sweet dishes and soft drinks. Many interesting recipes exist. The most famous cocktails with this ingredient are Stringer and Grasshopper. Americans were so fond of this liqueur, a holiday was created in its honor.
- White and green varieties of liquor only differ in terms of color and are interchangeable ingredients.
- Peppermint has a number of medicinal properties: it helps with headaches, intestinal diseases, stomach cramps, and decreasing nausea.
How to take part
Gather your friends on this day and have a cocktail party. Bring the best mint liqueur recipes to life. Don’t be afraid to experiment: many ingredients go well with mint.
If you do not have the desire for a loud party, you can just relax and unwind. Grab your favorite book, make yourself a lovely mint smoothie, and enjoy!
When is National Creme de Menthe Day celebrated in 2023?
National Creme de Menthe Day is observed on September 15 each year.